The Punchestown Festival is off to a cracking start!

Posted: 30th April 2019

The Punchestown Festival is off to a cracking start!

Even the rain couldn’t dampen spirits at the Punchestown Festival on Day One today and with weather set to pick up for the rest of the week, things are looking good for a really exciting and busy week at the County Kildare venue.

 

Attendance:

2019 17,464

2018 19,182

Difference 1,718

Down 8.9%

 

Racing Highlights:

The BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase of €300,000 (Grade 1)

  1. Un De Sceaux trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend
  2. Min trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh
  3. Castlegrace Paddy trained by Pat Fahy and ridden by Davy Russell

 

Social Highlights:

  • Statue unveiled in honour of Fr. Sean Breen ‘The Breener, Ireland’s Racing Priest’ to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing and wonderful life in recognition of the contribution which he undoubtably made.
  • Yvonne Connolly announced she will be riding in the upcoming Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series for Irish Injured Jockeys later this year.
  • The winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition today was Gretta Peters from Bansha, Co. Tipperary. Wearing a Laura Hanlon hat, a stunning two-piece suit by Julie Caulfield teamed with a Parfois clutch and River Island heels.

 

Speaking of the opening day of the festival Conor O’Neill, CEO, Punchestown Racecourse said “What a first day! I couldn’t be happier with how it all went, on and off the track and although we were unfortunate with the weather today, the good news is that it is set to pick up for the rest of the week. We are racing again here tomorrow with the first race at 3.40pm and we look forward to welcoming you all then.”

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